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College May Hurt Marriage Chances For Some

ITHACA, N.Y., Jan. 31 (UPI) — People from disadvantaged backgrounds gain financial security by attending college but paradoxically lower their odds of ever marrying, a U.S. researcher says. Cornell University sociologist Kelly Musick says men and women from the least advantaged backgrounds who attend college can end up stranded between social worlds, reluctant to “marry […]

China Clears Illegal Tiger Snares

BEIJING, Jan. 31 (UPI) — Volunteers in China cleared 162 illegal wire snares in an effort to protect the surviving population of endangered Siberian tigers, U.S. conservationists say. The Wildlife Conservation Society, based in New York, said its members struggled with freezing temperatures and deep snow as they searched the northeastern province of Heilongijang to […]

Astronomers See Galaxies ‘Sloshing’ Gas

WASHINGTON, Jan. 31 (UPI) — U.S. scientists say they’ve observed a distant galaxy cluster 480 million light-years from Earth with vast clouds of hot gas that are “sloshing” about. Astronomers at the Naval Research Laboratory studied the 30-million degree gas using X-ray data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and optical data from the Very Large […]

BP Speaks Out On Halliburton Ruling

NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 1 (UPI) — BP said a decision by a judge in New Orleans in favor of contractor Halliburton means the rule of law holds all parties responsible for a 2010 oil spill. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier ruled Tuesday that BP is obligated to “indemnify Halliburton for third-party compensatory claims” from damages […]

Single-Shot Laundry Detergent Re-Surfaces

WASHINGTON, Jan. 30 (UPI) — People who recall an experiment in laundry detergents decades ago — individually packaged single-shot doses — may experience deja vu, industry analysts say. Previous attempts in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s to encapsulate a pre-measured amount of detergent in a film that would dissolve in the wash had problems, with […]

Study: Mammals Vanishing As Burmese Python Spreads

WASHINGTON, Jan. 31 (UPI) — Mammals like raccoons, opossums, rabbits and deer are vanishing from the Florida Everglades as Burmese pythons multiply, researchers said Monday. In an article published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group said nocturnal road surveys along the main road in Everglades National Park show steep declines […]

South America Drought Hits Corn Yields

RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan. 31 (UPI) — Drought in Central and South America is affecting corn yields, a boon for U.S. corn exporters but a cause of major worries for agriculture traders in Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Mexico. Dry conditions blamed on La Nina weather phenomenon caused political wrangles in Argentina, led to a […]

U.S. Minerals Sector Recovering

WASHINGTON, Jan. 31 (UPI) — With the U.S. economy slowly emerging from an economic recession, the USGS estimated the value of U.S. mineral production increased 12 percent last year. Major world economies were hammered by an economic recession that began December 2007. More than four years on, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, in its […]

Cuba Can’t Be Trusted With Oil, Florida Says

MIAMI, Jan. 31 (UPI) — The Cuban government can’t be trusted to oversee the safety of oil drilling activity planned 90 miles from the Florida coast, a state official said. U.S. Coast Guard officials, members of the U.S. House of Representatives and Florida lawmakers met to discuss plans for oil exploration in Cuban waters. Spanish […]

Rapid Virus Evolution Witnessed In Lab

EAST LANSING, Mich., Jan. 27 (UPI) — U.S. researchers say they have observed how a new virus evolves and how diseases can quickly gain dangerous mutations. Scientists at Michigan State University showed for the first time how a virus called “Lambda” evolved to find a new way to attack host cells, a change accomplished in […]


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